Monday, March 05, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Underground Work on Water Street Starts in April

Today, City Council voted to award the tender for the first phase of a five year project to rehabilitate water and sewer infrastructure on Water Street. Work is set to begin between Waldegrave Street and Bishop’s Cove in early April. Information sessions for business and property owners are planned for mid-March.

“At the request of the downtown business community, and to minimize disruption, the bulk of the underground and excavation work is scheduled to be completed before the heaviest peak of tourist season in July and August,” said Mayor Danny Breen. “To meet this aggressive timeline the tender includes penalties and incentives to ensure the work is completed as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

While some the infrastructure rehabilitation will be completed using trenchless technology, excavation will also be required. The intersections of Water Street and Queen Street, and Water Street and Bishop’s Cove will see significant heavy equipment in order to access the underground infrastructure.

“We are hosting two, informal, drop-in style information sessions for area business and property owners to connect directly with City staff, the project consultant, the contractor, and members of City Council,” said Councillor Dave Lane. “These sessions continue our ongoing dialogue with the downtown community to ensure that they are up to date on the project plan.”
Water Street Businesses and Property Owners
Drop-in Information Sessions

Foran/Greene Room, Fourth floor, City Hall

Tuesday, March 20 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Thursday, March 22 from 9 to 11 a.m. 

Pedestrian and motor vehicle access will be maintained in the construction areas however delays are expected. Motorists may be subject to detours for safety reasons. For the most up-to date project information visit

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City of St. John's